Wedding favours were small mementoes that were handed out to close friends, relatives, and others connected to the wedding. At Queen Victoria's wedding in 1840, The Times reported upon the wedding favours given to the guests:

"Every lady exhibited a white favour, some of which were admirable specimens of refined taste. They were of all sizes, many of white satin riband, tied up into bows and mixed with layers of rich silver lace. Others merely of riband intermixed with sprigs of orange flower blossom."

By 1840, imitation orange blossom was a popular trimming for weddings. This wedding favour, which is associated with a 1854 wedding, is on a less grand scale than Queen Victoria's favours. However, the concept is similar in that it features cloth orange blossoms, silvered paper leaves, and cream silk satin ribbon.

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  • Title: Wedding favour
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1849/1858
  • Location: Great Britain
  • Physical Dimensions: Width: 7 cm spray, Length: 14 cm including wire, Width: 3 cm ribbon
  • Provenance: Given by Edward Nugée QC
  • Medium: Cloth artificial flowers, silver paper, silk satin ribbon on wire